The Silent Tsunami - the Globalization of the Hunger Challenge; Keynote address to the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics (06/05/08)

Executive Director Josette Sheeran

I have traveled in recent months to Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Egypt and Syria and talked with farmers and consumers. They express confusion and frustration as to what is robbing them of milk for their children, their weekly portion of meat, or, for those who make less than 50 cents a day, reducing them to a single bowl of grain or one piece of bread. The world's misery index is rising as soaring food and fuel prices roll through the lives of the most vulnerable; a silent tsunami that respects no borders. Most do not know what has hit them.

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